#FridayThoughts: Needle me

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I’m late today not because I forgot, or got lazy, which we both know have been late post reasons before. Nope, today I’m late for a different reason entirely.

I got my first COVID vaccination.

I’m not going to wax poetic about it, I know how it feels to want it and not have it available, or want it and not be eligible. But I have to tell you, it was like living out the exposition to a dystopian movie.

The site used to be a furniture store, and it was vast and empty, but for small folding tables well-distanced, and lots and lots of beige metal folding chairs. So many beige metal folding chairs. It’s largely staffed by the National Guard, so there they were, in uniform, along with the nurses who had their needles at the ready. After two confirmations of the appointment and the scheduling of the next.

Some questions, an arm preference and a nurse so talented I barely felt it, and I am halfway to fully vaccinated.

But for the scale of the operation and the sheer number of people who need to get vaccinated, it’s no big deal. The operation is incredible to watch, I’ve never seen our National Guard in action before, it was a sight to behold.

So here I am, partially protected and entirely nanobot free. Probably.

But if I have nanobots, they were here before the vaccination, we can all agree on that. And we can also agree Aunty Ida breached the world of fiction to put them there.

Anyway, that’s it for the week, I hope you have a lovely Friday and a great weekend.


#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Revealing

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It’s ten word photo prompt time! Or #ThursdayTen, as the cool kids call it.

The sort of cool kids.

The kids who are cool-adjacent.

Anyway, using the above photo as a prompt, write a ten word story. Exactly ten words.

It’s something to do on a Thursday.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Sometimes it was obvious Zyxia breathed helium, not oxygen.

Oops.

#WednesdayWisdom: It’s just an off day.

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So here we are at Wednesday, where I pretend I have some insight into something and offer it up as wisdom. OK maybe not “pretend.”

Sometimes I know things.

Sometimes I know a thing or two.

Sometimes I have to fill a blog post.

Use your best judgment to decide which this one is.

It’s another day when it looks nicer than it is, a great lesson on looks and deceiving but I’m not even going to pretend that’s my own wisdom. Which, of course, sent me down the rabbit hole of the origins of the phrase, but no luck. Best I can find is that it’s a proverb.

So sometimes the internet is lacking in wisdom as well.

We all have our off days.

And therein lies my tiny, faulted, occluded diamond of wisdom for today: we all have our off days. Don’t dwell. Don’t assume it means it will last forever. Don’t even assume it means failure of the permanent kind.

It’s just an off day.

And with that, I’m, well, off. Have a great Wednesday.


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Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
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#TuesdayThoughts: Suspended animation.

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I wonder if I should have more coffee. If I’m wondering, I probably should, right?

Right.

Just give me a second. For you, it will be like no time has passed at all.

See? And off it drips.

It’s a sunny day with a weak, anemic blue sky, and I think it’s finally warming up. It’s been a long time coming, this spring. Sometimes this past year seems like an eternity, and sometimes I can’t believe we’re here again already, defrosted from some form of suspended animation.

I’ve gone back to my pre-pandemic way of eating, treats as treats and not multiple-times-a-day diversions, normal portions, allowing myself to actually feel hungry between meals. And I can’t tell you how much better I feel.

In a way, I was like a zoo animal with food as the most interesting diversion. Now there’s a possible end in sight, maybe down the road, but still in sight.

And I have more energy, which is ironic to say after starting with making another cup of coffee but by now you know I am a woman of many complications.

I’m off. Have a great Tuesday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
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Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Experiments

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I’ve been experimenting with the appearance of the blog, nothing wild, you may not have even noticed. But sometimes dipping our toes into tiny changes is all we need to get moving.

Moving is good.

Usually.

Unless it’s bad, of course, but that’s a whole other set of circumstances. Apply as needed.

It’s sunny today, but sunny with a thin haze of clouds, and I suspect it looks warmer than it is. We’re in the trailing end of March now, April in the wings and ready to take the stage.

Incredible to see the year marching along so quickly.

Otherwise, for a Monday, it’s just doing its thing, kicking off another week as the end of this pandemic glimmers in the distance. I’m off to consider more experiments.

You have a great Monday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#FridayThoughts: It’s not Thursday.

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I titled this post “ThursdayThoughts and realized it wouldn’t be entirely accurate. Oops. I’m a little addled for a Friday.

It’s about to rain, at least I think it is, but it’s looked like that most of the day, and I have eggs hard-boiling in the pressure cooker. Or hard pressuring.

Something like that.

My groceries arrived today, and it’s strange, but I found ordering them stressful for some reason, as though ordering them from my couch isn’t ten billion times easier than navigating the store. I’m sure I’ll shop again, but I’ll wait until I’m vaccinated.

Hopefully I’ll be vaccinated soon.

Hopefully.

And that’s it for me, I’ll have to deal with those eggs in a minute. I hope you have a great Friday and an amazing weekend.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#ThursdayThoughts ten word photo prompt: Flexible

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It’s that time! #ThursdayTen time!

Using the photo above as a prompt, write a ten word story. EXACTLY ten words.

We can do it!

Notice this week I needed encouragement as well. We all do sometimes.

Ready? Here’s mine:

Bill couldn’t believe it as the beam tightened.

Aliens.

Again.

#WednesdayWisdom: Just like life.

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Did I have to check it actually IS Wednesday before writing the headline to this post? I sure did!

That’s life in the apocalypse. The nearly-ended (hopefully) apocalypse, but the apocalypse nonetheless. I’ve got my second cup of coffee all ready, it’s still a bit hot to drink.

It’s a battle in the skies today, though nothing so cool as aliens and say…geese. Only the clouds and the sun vying for dominance.

Just like life.

Some days are sunshine, sunshine, sunshine, and some days are straight rain, which can be the satisfying kind or the kind that makes everything dismal. And some days, the sun tries to beat the clouds, and the clouds fight right back.

Sometimes the sun wins.

Sometimes the clouds win.

But the only thing we know for sure is tomorrow there will be a brand new sky.

Have a great Wednesday. It really is Wednesday. I checked.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#TuesdayThoughts: Misty

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Today is gray and I’m sure there will be rain. My day got off to a rocky start, with one problem bleeding into another problem, but I think I’ve got them all managed for now.

Fingers crossed.

It’s a quiet Tuesday, one where I should have had another cup of coffee ready to go, but I didn’t and it’s getting later and now I probably won’t. Hopefully I can get my brain moving even without it.

So far, not much luck.

Some days are like this, I guess, floating along on the ether of non-specific thoughts. No concrete ideas, no fire to get started, just that gray sky and a faint promise of rain.

I’m going to try to make something of this Tuesday as the clock ticks stalwartly forward. Have a great day.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.

#MondayThoughts: Pandemic Portions

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It’s sunnyish today but not really bright, and it’s still muddy brown outside, almost stubbornly so. I’m ready for the quick burst of Spring, but the world seems to have other ideas.

Meanwhile I’m on coffee #2, half-caff, of course, but another cup nonetheless. I need to do some cleaning and some clearing out and I’m hoping motivation can come in the form of a warm coffee cup.

Last week was busy busy, lots of running around, and this week offers a little more quiet, or so I hope. As I trundle into Monday, I note a lot of other people are also coming out of a pandemic food stupor.

We both know what I mean.

During the course of the pandemic, with so much not accessible, one thing that seemed to make the time go by, to make it more enjoyable was engaging with food. Many of us made our first loaves of bread; I baked regularly, and then consumed the results.

Sure it could have been worse, it always could be worse, and in such extreme circumstances, it doesn’t seem like a terrible way to deal with it all, but as we look hopefully toward the waning of this awful time, let’s all get real.

Maybe those cinnamon rolls aren’t exactly serving our health needs.

So I wave goodbye to indulgence within so much stark austerity, give a wistful smile to my baking shelf, and resolutely go onward with my oven cold.

At least for now.

Have a great Monday.


Check out  my full-length novels: 
Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only)   
Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) 
Her Cousin Much Removed
The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management.
And download Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s quick and weird and FREE!
Peruse Montraps Publishing
Like my political side? Read my opinion pieces here.